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Charlotte's Web by E.b. White

Charlotte's Web (original 1952; edition 1980)

by E.b. White

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Title:Charlotte's Web
Authors:E.b. White
Info:Harper Trophy (1980), Paperback
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Charlotte's Web by E. B. White (1952)

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Charlotte's web is a heartbreaker. This book will definitely teach you how to love and how to loose and be okay with it. Death is no easy thing to deal with but this story introduces it in such an honest way. It's beautuful. ( )
  shakiah | Jun 18, 2017 |
Wilbur is a pig that is doomed from the start. After being taken care of by Fern, he meets an unlikely friend in a spider named Charlotte. Wilbur outlives Charlotte and promises to look after her many children and their children, for years to come.
  kathleenkarakey | Jun 5, 2017 |
Utterly charming and poignantly sad, I don't know how I missed reading this in my childhood. I remember watching the movie and falling in love with Wilbur without knowing this was based on a book. I thought at times this book was an exercise in mindfulness. I paused a while, looking at the illustrations, and mentally reimagined the scenes of nature. An absolute delight. ( )
  Soulmuser | May 30, 2017 |
I read this one when I was really young...and it didn't come to memory until I saw it in a book-tube video....

I had started it when I was younger, then put it down because I thought it was boring...Then, I remember watching the movie and that made me pick up the book and finish it..
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  obridget2 | May 14, 2017 |
Great chapter book about how a little pig named Wilbur who was born a runt. The farmer decides to kill him however, his daughter Fern begs her dad to not kill him. He decides to let Fern keep him as a pet and Wilbur meets new friends including Charlotte. ( )
  KalleyNeidermire | May 9, 2017 |
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This book has liveliness and felicity, tenderness and unexpectedness, grace and humor and praise of life, and the good backbone of succinctness that only the most highly imaginative stories seem to grow.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
White, E. B.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cramer-Klett, AnnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Douglas, HazelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ferrari, AntongionataIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wells, RosemaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Williams, GarthIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Where's Papa going with that ax?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.
On foggy mornings, Charlotte’s web was truly a thing of beauty. This morning each thin strand was decorated with dozens of tiny beads of water. The web glistened in the light and made a pattern of loveliness and mystery, like a delicate veil. (77)
“Winter will pass, the days will lengthen, the ice will melt in the pasture pond. The song sparrow will return and sing, the frogs will awake, the warm wind will blow again. All these sights and sounds and smells will be yours to enjoy. Wilbur – this lovely world, these precious days…” (164).
“You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte. “That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that” (164).
Every day Wilbur would stand and look at the torn, empty web, and a lump would come to his throat. No one had ever had such a friend – so affectionate, so loyal, and so skillful. (173)
Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch. (176)
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Charlotte’s Web is a great story that I still so vividly remember reading in school. I truly believe it is a timeless classic. This book offers so many meanings for the reader to reflect upon and thoughts to grow on if children are given the opportunity. I also think the story brings in a great opportunity to expand and explore vocabulary. I just finished reading this story to my son who is first grade. I think I should have waited to read this when he was older, but I do think he enjoyed it.
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Wilbur is a runt,
Zuckerman plans to eat him,
Can Charlotte save him?
Charlotte the spider
Saves Wilbur by inventing
Viral marketing.
In Earth unworthy,
In danger near Christmastime,
But one spider helps.

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0064410935, Paperback)

An affectionate, sometimes bashful pig named Wilbur befriends a spider named Charlotte, who lives in the rafters above his pen. A prancing, playful bloke, Wilbur is devastated when he learns of the destiny that befalls all those of porcine persuasion. Determined to save her friend, Charlotte spins a web that reads "Some Pig," convincing the farmer and surrounding community that Wilbur is no ordinary animal and should be saved. In this story of friendship, hardship, and the passing on into time, E.B. White reminds us to open our eyes to the wonder and miracle often found in the simplest of things.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:35 -0400)

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Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.

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